North East Derbyshire District Council received funding as part of the Governments Household Support Fund and has prevented 75 households from becoming homeless.
The funding helps support vulnerable families and single households living in the district who are most at risk of homelessness. Many of whom have been struggling because of the covid-19 pandemic, be that through loss of income, loss of loved ones or pressures caused by lockdowns.
A local resident living in the Clay Cross area was at risk of losing her home because of rent arrears. Having had to leave work due to ill health, her nine year old son was acting as a full time carer, in addition to attending school.
Following discussions with social services and the school, the council was able to help tackle the arrears and funds raised to help buy an iPad to help with her son’s school work.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Alan Powell said, “Helping others in their times of need is exactly what we are here for. Supporting our most vulnerable members of our communities and helping them on their feet is what makes us proud to serve our district. We care passionately about each and every one of our residents and will continue to support them with these funds. I would urge anyone who is threatened with homelessness to seek help as soon as possible”.